VCU Course: Craft Beer Essentials Online

VCU Course: Craft Beer Essentials Online

July 23, 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn about craft beer from the RVA Beer Guy, Lee Graves!!!!

In this virtual course, you will learn about the types and styles of craft beer, the history of each, and the regional history of craft beer. The course will be offered via Zoom, and you will be provided with a shopping list of beers to purchase, if you’d like to take part in the opportunity to taste a variety of types and styles of beer. After two evenings, you will walk away with a new understanding and love for craft beer. As an extra bonus, every registrant will receive a copy of Graves’ latest book, Virginia Beer : A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft’s Golden Age.

Lee Graves received his baptism into the world of wonderfully diverse beer during a visit to Germany in 1986. From a visit to a monastery where the monks brewed a high-octane schwarzbier to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, where strangers became friends over brimming liters of lager, he experienced a culture that set him on a lifelong adventure learning about beer. In 1996, while a writer and editor at The Richmond Times-Dispatch, he began writing a weekly column about beer; it was syndicated by Tribune Media Services in Chicago for several years. In addition to the statewide book on beer, Graves has written two other books–Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City, and Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson’s Shadow. A lifelong resident of Virginia and graduate of the College of William and Mary, he also writes about beer for magazines and his website,


  • Limited to participants who are 21 years of age and over. A valid state issued driver’s license or identification card will be required to participate.
  • Registration Deadline: Registrations will be accepted through July 20, 2021.

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